March 31, 2016

New beginnings in Spring

You know what’s funny?  Just as I was polishing up a new blogging space and getting ready to set a link here for it, my e-mail box began to fill with messages from bloggy friends of the past.  Checking in, sending updates, reaching out… this is what I love about us!  And about the Internet!  As much as I push against any mainstream production with my blogging, it’s still so rewarding to hear from you and know that there are real live human beings out there.  Cliched statements are time tested truths for a reason!!!! 

  Such A fond hello to all of you.

Here’s the deal, when I stopped blogging in this space I knew I wasn’t stopping altogether.  I like the idea that blogs keep electronic records of our days, and I liked that it’s a bit more fun to post photos for family and friends in this way rather than using Snapfish or Shutterfly or what have you.  So I designed up a simple little space where I can post pictures and keep records, and honestly- not do much else.  My life right now is not conducive to thought provoking posts, or taking time to visit other blogs, or even answering most comments from others.  Those who are able to do that I hold in the highest esteem.  I’m ok with my blog attitude because I love where I am at in life (perhaps you can see this through my photos); if you’re ok with that too, then come on over to my new space and see what’s going on.  Just like my e-mails (as in lack there of), even if it takes me months to say hello or return a single comment, know that I’m giddy that you chose to swing by; I am perpetually amazed by this blogging community!  

The new blog carries the same name, but a different address.  This will be the last time I post here, on this version of “Any Given Moment”.  That means all of you, my fabulous followers, will not receive updates unless you visit the new blog and sign up there in some way; I have links over there to meet everyone’s fancy.  And I do hope to see you over there- even though this post falls a bit flat of expectations, right??!!!  Hey, just keeping it real ;)  

Enjoy every moment!

September 07, 2015


skyping with the grandparents

A looooong time ago I started this blog, or at least 2009 feels like it was a long time ago.  I've put up post after post; sometimes daily other times monthly...if that.  I've made new friends, become a better bread baker and advanced my photography skills out of the dark ages all thanks to blogging.  A gazillion more things have occurred too; the clearest of which is that my original timeline for when I was going to end this blog came and went weeks ago.  

Ace began preschool
Bear began 1st grade
I could go on and on about how the actual moment to type my final post kept alluding me, but in the end the reason I haven't fully signed off here is because of all the reasons I need to sign off here!  Insightful isn't it?  Ha! Just like other things in my life I've ever had to make big decisions on, I trust my gut and know the time is now to move along from blogging at Any Given Moment.

I can't look forward and predict what will be.  All I know is that I've had such a merry time wandering around my life with you.  The moments put in here has been well spent, it's simply time for me to move that time and those efforts elsewhere.

Huckle looking for the future
Thank you so very much for joining me in this space!  Laughing along with me, supporting during the tough moments, offering advice and tips- all of it has astounded me- the generous community of folks gathered here!!!  From day one you have welcomed my presence and supported my journey.  Thank You.  

Godspeed to those of you who continue to put your words in to post print and much love to my readers and supporters everywhere.


August 18, 2015

Moment with Mutts

Because of my dogs, I'm committed to finding animal inspiration in the day to day moments.  What animals inspire you? Share your stories and links in the comments!   

The Links:
-Jon Katz on bringing the game face to animal training
- "Project Unconditional" (with a direct link to a memorial my friend M recently wrote about her dog)

During the process of putting peanuts out for crows, I've since seen 0 crows, BUT a blue jay and I are beginning to enjoy each other's company.  

Thus, I want this to happen, like STAT!
And this lucky, dude.  Why, he didn't even have a peanut! 

The Dogs:

Huckle wears a muzzle when we are out and about.  He's not a fan of off-leash new dogs who rush up to him, but since we live in a rural area where people come to vacation we encounter situations like that quite regularly.  I want to prevent any negative encounters for Huckle.
This little friend of Trot's and Huckle's just turned 10!

August 15, 2015

Jeckyll and Hyde type photo shoot

Photography outtakes are always good for a laugh, right?  Maybe an explanation too.  

Picture it: Bear, Ace and I at a super cool spot in the New Hampshire woods.  The plan was to take some photographs for Bear's 7th birthday-this is tradition- just as is the birthday boy being able to pick the setting.  In this case, Bear wanted a castle setting to go along with his Harry Potter themed birthday.  Lovely I thought, but then I found it!  I found a castle!  Smack in a New Hampshire forest.

So on a sunny day we drove there and my child model posed and posed for me...

until he could grin no longer.  And then the mood changed and the darker side of Madame Sherri's castle came out...

Notice the shoes: Ace came over to see why his brother was writhering about on the stone walkway.  So we packed it in and began our hike back to the car.  Along the way I tried to discuss the finer points of how to behave when tired and hungry and so over everybody and everything; Bear had his own opinion on things.  We would have gone on this way for a few more yards, but then something caught our attention in the water.

He grabbed my hand and pointed.  We held our breath, watching.  The spread of colors in the wing, the burst of sound as the heron launched into flight.  Those amazing, amazing crazy long feet.  

Nope, Bear wasn't magically un-grumpy after that sighting, but his actions became a bit more thoughtful.  We were back in sync as son and mother; slightly disagreeing with each other, but always loving. That bird was a reset button to our day whose favor won't soon be forgotten.  But how to repay a heron?  

As we entered the parking lot, Bear and I chatted about what beautiful something we might give the heron since it's beauty stopped us in our tracks.  He said, "I will stop being loud and crying in it's woods home."  

Well there you go.  

I have found that difficult days tend to leave larger imprints on my memory, what could almost be described as a feeling of fondness for them.  For when will I ever again find myself in a forest with all the very same dynamics as this day?  Let it pass (oh dear God, let the day pass), but if the heron's flight is to embed in my memory, so too I collect beauty from this time in the woods with my 7yr old, grumpy grumbly boy.

August 06, 2015

Sprinklers and (Light)sabers

You know, it had started out with a suggestion to turn on the sprinkler for a little bit; to cool off while perhaps watering a flowerbed or two.  As the water indeed cooled us, our brains began to defog.  Suddenly the boys grabbed their lightsabers for some Star Wars action, and I grabbed my camera to practice capturing moving water.  
I love spur of the moment summer!

PS: the goggles??!!!  He's the first person I've ever met who wears goggles when playing in a sprinkler!

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